Sunday traditionally began with the semi-finals in the individual disciplines. The two Chinese ZHOU Meng and HAN Qinxi managed to defeat their Japanese and Indonesian rivals. Next to on the field, Canadian Brian YANG managed to defeat the Indonesian seeded no. 1 in three sets. In the final, the Korean Hyeon Seung PARK faces him, who won against another Indonesian.
The finals started with the mixed doubles. In two sets Jiang Zhenbang and Luo Xumin won against their Korean opponents. See what they have to say in the interview. The mixed was followed by the women’s double. A tight and exciting game developed. The spectators were offered long rallies and a lot of fighting spirit. Only in the third set in extra time Guo Lizhi and Li Yijing could cheer. In the men’s doubles it was a bit more clear. Also here a Chinese pairing stood at the top at the end. Di Zijian and Wang Chang, reigning youth world champions, won against Indonesia’s Carnando/Marthin.
All good things come in four. In the women’s singles, they already knew before the final that the winner came from China. Zhou Meng won this duel against her compatriot.
The last game of the day was the final in the men’s singles. Brian Yang (CAN) wanted to make his successful tournament perfect, but was stopped by Hyeon Seung Park (KOR).
As a conclusion, the Chinese dominance cannot be denied. Four out of five titles went to China. The other well-known Asian countries were also successful. From Europe only Denmark and France can keep up with the Asians, except for small exceptions, especially with the playing speed and endurance.
See you next year!
Your EBT Team
Only shortly after 10pm the last games were over. Many long rallies, many close three-set games have “delayed” the tournament. Only one “non-Asian”, Brian Yang from Canada, could fight his way to Sunday. He will meet Syabda Perkasa Belawa of Indonesia in tomorrow’s semi-final. France have once again been conspicuous by their many good performances. Christo Popov in particular was beaten by the Chinese Li Yunze in a captivating game after winning a match against a Malaysian. Li Yunze had to give up in the quarter-finals. Also in the double disciplines the spectators got a lot offered. The current world number one and world champion Di/Wang (CHN) were already out shortly before the end, when they could catch up a 16-20 deficit in the third set and could also win the following game. They are now in the final tomorrow. Come by and see for yourself.
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